November 12, 2008
Latest Research Has Medical Experts Considering New Testing Guidelines for Type 2 Diabetes Patients
New research demonstrates that lowering post-meal blood sugar spikes after meals is critical to avoiding serious health complications for people concerned about managing their blood sugar, especially those diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. As a result, medical experts are reconsidering when and how they advise Type 2 diabetes patients to test their blood sugar in order to best monitor the dangerous blood sugar spike zone that typically occurs 30 to 45 minutes after meals.
According to recent studies conducted by a team of researchers at the Baker International Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, controlling glucose spikes is important to supporting cardiovascular health and could reduce the risk of heart disease in patients with diabetes. In addition, research published by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that controlling glucose fluctuations after meals, during the "blood sugar spike zone," can help prevent serious health complications, such as sight impairment, heart disease or stroke.
"A challenge with controlling glucose spikes is that many doctors and diabetes educators, as well as the American Diabetes Association, recommend that patients typically test their blood sugar before meals and then about two hours after meals, missing the critical 30-minute to one-hour window when blood sugar levels are at their highest after meals," explained President and Founder of Neuliven Health Dr. Lee Zhong, M.D., Ph.D. "While it is not conventional wisdom to test blood sugar within an hour after eating, we believe that doing so can greatly help individuals with blood sugar concerns and Type 2 diabetes patients better manage the dangerous blood sugar spikes after meals, which is the most important time to maintain normal blood sugar levels and their long term cardiovascular health."
In addition to proper testing and monitoring of post-meal blood sugar levels, Janice Baker, M.B.A., R.D., CDE, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, says there are simple things that Type 2 diabetes patients can do each day to make a big difference in their overall health. Below are a few of them.
-- Keep moving: Staying active and fit are both extremely important for people living with Type 2 diabetes. Baker recommends making it a point to exercise at least 30 minutes a day, three times per week. Even simple changes like walking up the stairs instead of taking the elevator can make a difference.
-- Make healthier food choices: For people with Type 2 diabetes, maintaining a healthy diet is critical for weight management and overall health. She advises her patients to eat more fruits and vegetables, as well as lean protein sources such as chicken or fish, and to limit their intake of processed, simple carbohydrates found in white bread, rice and pasta. Make simple dietary changes, she says, like replacing potato chips at snack time with carrot sticks and low-fat dressing, or a bagel with wheat toast at breakfast, and drinking water instead of sugary sodas and beverages. Such small changes can go a long way toward achieving a healthier diet.
-- Don't wait. Test blood sugar 30-45 minutes after meals: Right after eating a meal is the most important time to watch blood sugar levels because it is during this critical time when blood sugar spikes and can cause the most damage to the body. Therefore, Baker recommends that Type 2 diabetes patients get in the practice of testing within 30-45 minutes after eating so that when blood sugar levels are too high, they can quickly recognize it and take immediate action.
-- Consider dietary supplements: Natural dietary supplements can also provide helpful nutritional support to Type 2 diabetes patients, and some even help stabilize blood sugar levels naturally. One such product that Baker recommends is called Glucocil(TM), a natural dietary support formula specifically designed to help manage post-meal blood sugar spikes in Type 2 diabetes patients. Based on a proprietary mulberry leaf extract, Glucocil has been shown in clinical trials to significantly lower post-meal blood sugar levels, particularly during the 30-45 minute blood sugar spike zone. For instance, one of the clinical trials conducted by the University of Minnesota (VA Hospital), which was published in Diabetes Care, reported an average 44 percent reduction in post-meal blood sugar elevations or spikes.
About Glucocil(TM) and Neuliven Health, Inc.
Glucocil is a breakthrough natural herbal formula scientifically formulated by President of Neuliven Health Lee Zhong, M.D., Ph.D., a graduate and former researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical School.
Based on seven years of clinical research and development, Glucocil provides broad nutritional support to people with Type 2 diabetes and helps them achieve a healthier diet and lifestyle, and a more stable blood sugar level. Glucocil's proprietary mulberry leaf extract and other key ingredients provide nutritional support to people with Type 2 diabetes in order to help stabilize their post-meal blood sugar levels, reduce the absorption of sugars and other carbohydrates, help improve insulin sensitivity, and assist in appetite suppression and healthy weight management.
Glucocil is available in the U.S. exclusively via the Glucocil Web site at www.glucocil.com for $24.97 (120-count; one month supply). Complete product information and usage instructions can be found at the Glucocil Web site within the Product Information section.
San Diego-based Neuliven Health, Inc. specializes in the development and delivery of scientifically researched natural remedies designed to address America's pressing health issues. Based on cutting edge herbal ingredients from around the world, Neuliven Health is committed to improving the health and lifestyle of all Americans through natural healing.
* The above statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. **This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always seek the advice of a doctor or medical professional before taking Glucocil if you have diabetes or are taking any other medications.
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